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The Musicians

A plural orchestra

The Basque National Orchestra is also for everyone. Judging by the diversity of the origin of its musicians, it represents a sort of global village. Apart from the growing number of Basque musicians, France, Poland, New Zealand, United States, Russia or Romania are just some of the countries that appear among the passports of Basque National Orchestra members. However, right here and right now they all form a compact human group, strongly identifying with the Orchestra?s artistic project and committed to work on it from each of their individual aspects.

Composition of the orchestra

Permanent guest concertmaster

  • » Lorenz Nasturica Herschcowici
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First Violins

  • » Waldemar Machmar (Assistant concertmaster)
  • » José Ignacio Aizpiri Múgica
  • » Inmaculada Aramburo González
  • » Christine Felden
  • » Marie Gaillard
  • » Luis José Hamela Bober
  • » Alexandre Kozouline Mimrikov
  • » Maite Menéndez Miravalles
  • » Larraitz Oiarzabal Zuriarrain
  • » Ortzi Oihartzabal
  • » Anna Paliwoda
  • » Itziar Prieto Etxano
  • » Maialen Rezabal Uranga
  • » Cristina Vértiz Hazen
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Second Violins

  • » Raquel Cortinas (Soloist)
  • » Xabier Gil (Soloist)
  • » Nathalie Dabadie
  • » Irene Echeveste Gutiérrez
  • » Anne-Marie Harmat Pieplu
  • » Mikel Ibáñez Santervás
  • » Óscar López Celaya
  • » Antoni Marcin Kosc
  • » Joaquín Melara Luque
  • » Iciar Múgica Olano
  • » Ricardo Ruiz Soler
  • » Igor Torre Orbegozo
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Violas

  • » Pascal Arnaud (Soloist)
  • » Delphine Dupuy (Soloist)
  • » Natacha Dupuy-Scordamaglia
  • » Justyna Maria Janiak
  • » Grzegorz Kawka Spizewski
  • » Elena Mtz.de Murguía Urreta
  • » Arkaitz Martínez Echeverría
  • » Cástor Narvarte Arregui
  • » Yann Seyrac
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Cellos

  • » Juan Ignacio Emme (Soloist)
  • » Gabriel Mesado Estrada (Soloist)
  • » Natalia Díaz Rodríguez
  • » Jacek Grabe-Zaremba Tyborski
  • » Jon Larraz Mozo
  • » Flore S. Lefevre
  • » Beatriz Linares Márquez
  • » Pascale Michaud
  • » Ian Mark Swedlund
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Double bass

  • » Arkadiusz Maciejski (Soloist)
  • » Victor Alexandrovich Bogdanov
  • » Andras Cserna Kiss
  • » Piotr Jelicz Perczynski
  • » Vasile Preotu Petrarasu
  • » Pierre Torrent
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Flutes

  • » Hélène Billard-Alirol (Soloist)
  • » Bruno Claverie (Soloist)
  • » Oihana Kontxeso Iztueta
  • » Carlos Rosat Martínez
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Oboes

  • » Fco. Javier Lecumberri Muñoz (Soloist)
  • » Hervé Michaud (Soloist)
  • » Rafael Alonso Aragó
  • » Pascal Laffont
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Clarinets

  • » José Miguel Chirivella Alfonso (Soloist)
  • » Juan Navarro Aguilera (Soloist)
  • » Stéphane Langlois
  • » Sara Zufiaurre Niño
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Bassoon

  • » Marco Caratto (Soloist)
  • » François Proud (Soloist)
  • » Anne Charlotte Lacroix
  • » Tomás Ruti Parra
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Horns

  • » Jean-Luc Casteret (Soloist)
  • » Peter Gryp (Soloist)
  • » Karl Francis Pipkin Hullender
  • » Xabier Sarasa Alvaro
  • » Mario Telenti Asensio
  • » Salvador Tudela Seguer
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Trumpets

  • » Didier Bousquet (Soloist)
  • » Miguel Echepare El Busto (Soloist)
  • » Jesús Mª Castillo Rebollo
  • » José Daniel Sancasto Colecha
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Trombones

  • » Arnaud Mandoche (Soloist)
  • » Christophe Michel Sánchez (Soloist)
  • » Javier Almarza Garde
  • » Hervé Emile Cahen
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Tuba

  • » Oscar Abella Martín (Soloist)
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Drums and percussion

  • » Antonio Javier Azanza Ribes (Soloist)
  • » Anthony Lafargue (Soloist)
  • » Xabier Peña Lorente
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Harp

  • » Elisabeth Colard (Soloist)
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One of the lovely things about the Orchestra is the chance it gives you to meet such different people“One of the lovely things about the Orchestra is the chance it gives you to meet such different people”
Oihana Kontxeso, flute
"What I've noticed the most over this time is the change in the concert halls. Before we often had poor sales and played to half empty theatres. Now we?re almost always completely sold out" "Being a musician can be immensely enjoyable but also very difficult. There are arid times, alongside others that make you feel very lucky, always accompanied by the stress involved with not being able to make a mistake"“Being a musician can be immensely enjoyable but also very difficult. There are arid times, alongside others that make you feel very lucky, always accompanied by the stress involved with not being able to make a mistake”
Cástor Narvarte, viola
"What I've noticed the most over this time is the change in the concert halls. Before we often had poor sales and played to half empty theatres. Now we?re almost always completely sold out"“What I've noticed the most over this time is the change in the concert halls. Before we often had poor sales and played to half empty theatres. Now we?re almost always completely sold out”
Pascal Arnaud, viola soloist
"The essence of our work is a combination of brain, brawn, emotion and concentration"
Elena Martínez de Murguía, viola